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A Photographer's Review of the New Fujifilm X100VI

The Fujifilm X100 series has been a cornerstone for photographers who want a compact solution without compromising on image quality. The introduction of its latest model, the X100VI, marks a significant development, incorporating a high-resolution sensor and built-in stabilization, promising enhanced capabilities in a familiar, vintage package.

Would You Fall for These Seven Photography Scams? I Was Caught by One

You probably use or run photography businesses. Beware! There is a multimillion-dollar industry that runs solely to scam businesses and clients out of their hard-earned cash. Here are a few and how you should avoid them and why one of them caught me out.

The Squint Method and Beyond: Innovative Techniques for Dynamic Photography

Mastering the subtle art of capturing extraordinary photographs often hinges on recognizing and responding to the unique signals present in our environment. This fantastic tutorial delves into this nuanced aspect of photography, underscoring its pivotal role in elevating a photographer's work from mundane to magnificent.

Enhancing Sunset Photos With Lightroom's Auto Settings

Optimizing the initial stages of photo editing can dramatically enhance the final image quality. This helpful video tutorial offers insights into leveraging Lightroom's auto settings to streamline the editing process, particularly useful when dealing with complex lighting situations like sunsets.

Seamless Backdrop Expansion in Photoshop: A Step-by-Step Guide

Expanding the backdrop edges in Photoshop is a common challenge faced by photographers, especially when working with collapsible backdrops that may not fully cover the desired frame. This helpful tutorial addresses this issue, demonstrating a simple yet effective method to seamlessly extend backdrops, which is pivotal for creating professional-looking portraits without physical constraints.

Do You Need a Medium Format Camera?

The shift to medium format photography can mark a significant milestone for a landscape photographer, but it's also very expensive to do so. Do you really need to do so

9 Helpful Photography Tips

Embarking on photographic journeys pushes the boundaries of creativity and technical skill, offering unparalleled opportunities to capture the essence of distant lands and cultures. Such expeditions, especially to remote locations like Antarctica and Patagonia, are not just about the photographs taken but about the entire experience that surrounds each shot. This helpful video follows a photographer on such a journey and shares some fantastic tips.

How Many Ways Can You Use a Smartwatch for Photography?

Are you a fan of gadgets? When it comes to photography, there are plenty of fabulous extras that we can use to improve what we do, but how about a smartwatch? I experimented with the Kumi GW5 Pro to see how useful it would be.

How Do the Top Free Video Editors Stack Up?

The battle in the video editing world has historically been between Apple's Final Cut Pro X and Adobe's Premiere. The two companies have leapfrogged each other for years when it comes to the war for video editors' hearts. But in 2024, there are a lot more wallet-friendly (read: free) options out there, and two of those duking it out right now are CapCut and DaVinci Resolve. But which one is worth giving a shot?

Ten Months and Thousands of Images Later: We Review the Fujifilm X-T5

The Fujifilm X-T5 has been out for some time. It was announced back in November 2022, but I’ve been using it since a few weeks before that so you could say I’ve had the camera for a long enough time to be able to tell you my opinion on it. Is it the right camera for you? What are its pros and cons?

Enhancing Your Photos: Clarity, Texture, and Dehaze Explained

Mastering Lightroom's sliders is crucial for photographers aiming to elevate their image editing skills to produce the best results, and it starts with understanding the nuanced differences between sliders like Clarity, Texture, and Dehaze. This helpful video tutorial will show you everything you need to know.

The Most Fun I’ve Had With A Film Camera in a Long Time

Retro never really goes out of fashion, and this 110 LOMOMATIC camera took me back to the early 1970s when my eldest sister ran around with her 110 camera. I found myself laughing out loud as I shot with careless abandon.

A Plea to Document Your life

In the age of selfies and having a camera in your pocket, it seems more and more young people have an endless camera roll of photos that will hardly, if ever, be looked at again. But is there a better way?

Adobe Unboxed With Julieanne Kost

Whether you've seen her speaking on stages for Adobe, or lining magazine articles such as Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” you surely have come across the legend and creative photographer that is Julieanne Kost.

Review of the Canon RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM

If you're looking for a long telephoto lens for the mirrorless R system, Canon has some great options available. The RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM is the most recent one, and I predict it will become a very popular lens. And it's with good reason.

Revitalizing Your Photography Through Experimentation and Change

Capturing the essence of urban environments through photography is both an art and a technique that evolves with the photographer's experience and experimentation. This great discussion reflects on the journey and the pivotal changes one photographer is making to invigorate his creative process, highlighting the importance of adaptability and innovation in the craft.

Why I Switched From the Fujifilm X100V to the Ricoh GR III Diary Edition

If you had asked me a year ago what the best compact camera was, my answer would have been the Fujifilm X100V. I'm a big fan of Fujifilm's fixed lens compact line, having owned one ever since the original X100 was released in 2010. What captivated me about it 13 years ago were the straight-out-of-camera JPGs. The color rendition of the f/2 Fujinon lens was simply gorgeous.

Here Is the Workflow of a Professional Landscape Photographer

Navigating the complexities of landscape photography, particularly in the vast wilderness, takes more than just capturing images. It's about the entire journey, from planning and visualizing to experiencing the majesty of nature firsthand. This adventure, especially in remote locations like New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, gives you a chance to express your unique perspective and emotions through your work.

Telling Stories With Your Photographs by Embracing Shadows

In the pursuit of technical excellence in photography, one thing that we often bring up at the forefront of the discussion is the amount of dynamic range that a camera has and how having the incredible power of shadow recovery always makes great photographs. But what if the one silent and great storyteller that often goes unnoticed has something to do with the presence of shadow?

Creative Lighting on a Budget: How to Do More With Less  

​​​​Harnessing the simplicity of a single light and modifier to achieve multiple photographic looks is a game-changer for photographers. This approach not only maximizes the utility of minimal gear but also pushes creative boundaries, allowing photographers to produce diverse and striking images without a vast array of equipment.

The Good, The Bad, and the Caveat of the Fujifilm X-T5

When Fujifilm released the X-T5 on November 25, 2022, I was one of the first in the queue as I wanted to experience a high-megapixel APS-C sensor. This was simply not GAS, as I had only months earlier purchased an X-T4, which was comfortably doing everything I needed. However, 40 megapixels for landscapes in such a compact and stylish design, I simply needed to see what it could do and more to the point, could do what I needed for my photography. Fast-forward 429 days later, has it been able to do everything?

5 Best Plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom

In this video, I share my five favorite plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom. Those are tools I don't want to live without, and the best part is: two of those are totally free.

How to Edit Landscape Photos Like a Pro

Professional photo editing does not have to take a lot of time. If you have proper source material, all it takes is a few minutes and the right combination of tools to add that little extra that makes your photos shine.

A Guide to Effective Model Direction in Portrait Photography

Understanding the dynamic between photographer and model is pivotal in creating compelling portraits. This interaction goes beyond the technicalities of camera settings or lighting; it's about the exchange of creative energy and understanding between the two parties. It's a balance of communication and collaboration that can significantly elevate the outcome of a photo shoot.

Strategic Planning for Seasonal Landscape Photography

Exploring new locations for landscape photography, especially in challenging weather conditions, offers a unique opportunity for growth and learning. Venturing into North Wales, this fun adventure provides insights into preparing for the spring season and adapting to the unpredictable elements, highlighting the value of resilience and creativity in outdoor photography.

A Review of the Canon RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM Lens

Supertelephoto lenses are some of the most versatile out there, offering lots of reach suitable for a wide variety of applications. Nonetheless, such lenses can often be rather expensive, which is what makes the Canon's RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM a nice option for users who want lots of capabilities at a more reasonable price. This great video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you'll be able to expect from it in practice.

The Premium Compact King Is Back! Fujifilm X100VI Preview

The successor to the worldwide popular, and rightfully so, Fujifilm X100V has finally been revealed! The new X100VI brings forth some very welcome features while staying true to what made the X100 lineup great. We’ve used it for a while and loved it! How was it? What’s new? What stayed the same? Is it worth upgrading? Will you even be able to get one?

Demystifying Professional Photography Lighting Equipment

Understanding professional lighting equipment is crucial for photographers aiming to elevate their craft. These tools are indispensable for creating high-quality images with ultimate control, but their complexities and capabilities can often seem daunting to those not familiar with the intricacies of professional photography gear.

The Ultimate Budget Full-Frame Camera of 2024

Whenever someone asks me what camera they should buy, I am shown a ton of triple-digit-D versions. Unfortunately, entry-level cameras are nowhere near as good as full-frame equivalents. Full frame doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s a cheap full frame camera you can buy in 2024.

We Review the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 II Mirrorless Camera

Back in 2017, I received the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 for review. My experiences with this mirrorless MFT camera were positive. Now, six years later, Panasonic sent me the second version: the Lumix DC-G9 II. I used it under extreme weather conditions at the Opal Coast in France.

Will We See the Canon EOS R5 Mark II Soon?

Believe it or not, it has been three and a half years since the Canon EOS R5 was first announced, and as such, many photographers are starting to look for its successor, the Mark II. And as luck would have it, we might see it announced fairly soon.

Why I Won't Use Certain Brands for Paid Work

It’s not that I hate Godox or that I am paid by a different lighting brand to hate Godox every month. It is simply that when it comes to producing professional work, their lights are just not fit for the job. Here is why I will not use Godox for professional work.

Still a Brilliant Choice Seven Years Later: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Re-Review

Loved by many when it came out and adored by a solid user base today, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 was truly a hit camera made so well that it still has not truly been replaced even by the newer X-Pro3. And thanks to its age it is finally attainable even for the ones not willing to spend a ton on a quality camera.

Should You Start a Photography YouTube Channel?

Becoming a YouTube star is the dream of a lot of photographers, but the reality of it is often far different than the expectations. This fantastic video tells you what to expect.

Making the Most of Natural Light in Your Portrait Photography

Too often it's easy to overlook the beauty of natural light instead of controlling that most important photography variable. But in the words of YouTuber and photographer Tung Bui, "Natural light portraits shouldn't be a challenge ... they should be enjoyable."

Is the Apple iPhone 14 Pro a Good Camera in 2024? — Fstoppers Review

As an avid advocate for iPhone photography, I have written a ton of articles on the matter. However, I never reviewed the actual device I am using for my photos. Having had it for a year, it's time to give the iPhone 14 Pro a long-term review, as well as answer the question of upgrading to the 15 Pro.

We Review the New Sony a6700 Mirrorless APS-C Camera

After four years, Sony finally released this new APS-C camera. This is the a6700 with a completely new design. It features the new A.I. engine for identifying and tracking subjects. Unfortunately, Sony forgot to make a few other improvements.

No, You Don't Need To Buy The New M3 MacBook Pro

I spent over $4,000 on the new M3 Max MacBook Pro. It's amazing, but after directly comparing it to my M1 MacBook Pro, I've realized it's probably not worth upgrading.

Navigating the Shift to Professional Photography

Shifting careers to pursue a passion in photography is a path fraught with challenges and learning curves, as vividly shared by those who've transitioned to professional photography. Their experiences underscore the importance of passion-driven work and the common pitfalls awaiting new entrants into the photography business. This important video essay details seven such pitfalls.

Profoto B1X Review: Time To Say Goodbye in 2024?

Often regarded as the best lighting company in the world, Profoto offers a few battery-powered lights. The pinnacle of such lighting is the Profoto B1X. In 2024, however, does it hold up against the competition, and are there better alternatives?

Ricoh GR III: the Perfect Compact Camera for Street and Travel Photography

Is the Ricoh GR III the perfect compact camera for street and travel photography? Based on my time with the camera this year, I’d say yes. Having made the switch from the Fujifilm X100V to the Ricoh GR III I took the camera on a 3 week trip to Japan. It quickly became my most used camera - shooting with it was an absolute joy.